HEALTH AND SAFETY STATISTICS

The health and safety situation in South Africa requires a bold State that will hold businesses accountable for their operations.

Campaigns without radical policies and legislations will not curtail the growing negligence that is abundant in the industry. Sterner legislation, which will consider criminal prosecution for homicidal management behaviour needs to be considered.

There is a need to also reconfigure the South African economy and prioritise investment in prevention than cure.

Preventative measures need to include investment in technology for health and safety prevention. Companies need to dedicate a percentage of their turnover for re-investment in Health and Safety interventions.

National provisional statistics in South Africa’s Mining Sector 82 fatalities and 2 268 injuries in total were recorded

Statistics by sector

BY SECTORFATALITIES ALL WORKERSINJURIES ALL WORKERS
PLATINUM121003
GOLD40823
COAL9149
OTHER21294

Statistics by region

 BY REGIONFATALITIES ALL WORKERSINJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL822268
EASTERN CAPE03
FREE STATE9237
GAUTENG25465
KWA-ZULU NATAL018
LIMPOPO10168
MPUMALANGA9139
NORTHERN CAPE376
Klerksdorp8148
Rustenburg15989
WESTERN CAPE325

Statistics by classification

CLASSIFICATION*PERSONS FATALLY INJUREDPERCENTAGE
FOG300.37
Miscellaneous100.12
Transportation and Mining (TMM)100.12
General (Overcome by gas)70.09
Transportation and Mining (Winches)50.06
General (Slip and fall)40.05
General (Struck by)30.04
General (Falling in)30.04
Transportation and Mining (Railbound Equipment)30.04
General (Drowning)20.02
General (Inundation)10.01
General (Mudrush)10.01
Electricity10.01
Explosives10.01
General (Burning and Scalding)10.01
TOTAL821
  • FOG: Fall of Ground
  • Miscellaneous: Cause of fatality not yet established
  • TMM: Trackless Mobile Machinery
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The health and safety situation in South Africa requires a bold State that will hold businesses accountable for their operations.

Campaigns without radical policies and legislations will not curtail the growing negligence that is abundant in the industry. Sterner legislation, which will consider criminal prosecution for homicidal management behaviour needs to be considered.

There is a need to also reconfigure the South African economy and prioritise investment in prevention than cure.

Preventative measures need to include investment in technology for health and safety prevention. Companies need to dedicate a percentage of their turnover for re-investment in Health and Safety interventions

National provisional statistics in South Africa’s Mining Sector 82 fatalities and 2 268 injuries in total were recorded

BY SECTORFATALITIES ALL WORKERSINJURIES ALL WORKERS
PLATINUM121003
GOLD40823
COAL9149
OTHER21294
 BY REGIONFATALITIES ALL WORKERSINJURIES ALL WORKERS
RUNNING TOTAL822268
EASTERN CAPE03
FREE STATE9237
GAUTENG25465
KWA-ZULU NATAL018
LIMPOPO10168
MPUMALANGA9139
NORTHERN CAPE376
Klerksdorp8148
Rustenburg15989
WESTERN CAPE325
CLASSIFICATION*PERSONS FATALLY INJUREDPERCENTAGE
FOG300.37
Miscellaneous100.12
Transportation and Mining (TMM)100.12
General (Overcome by gas)70.09
Transportation and Mining (Winches)50.06
General (Slip and fall)40.05
General (Struck by)30.04
General (Falling in)30.04
Transportation and Mining (Railbound Equipment)30.04
General (Drowning)20.02
General (Inundation)10.01
General (Mudrush)10.01
Electricity10.01
Explosives10.01
General (Burning and Scalding)10.01
TOTAL821